Blogs getting another boost

Point of Law points to a new blog:The Becker-Posner Blog. Gary Becker is a Nobel Prize winning economist and Richard Posner is a brilliant legal scholar. The blog itself only has a a place-holder post up right now, but apparently it will be starting soon. I’m sure it will be on my blogroll after it gets going. It’s also more reason to think that people who belittle blogs are really just ignorant.

Also, Randy Barnett, a co-blogger over at The Volokh Conspiracy, was one of the lawyers who argued before the Supreme Court about medicinal marijuana.

UPDATE: Well, on the day I bring this up a few others discuss similar things. First is a longish and excellent article (via Slashdot) discussing blogs, their collective impact, and their future as the Fifth Estate. An excerpt:

Under specific circumstances—when key weblogs focus on a new or neglected issue—blogs can act as a focal point for the mainstream media and exert formidable agenda-setting power. Blogs have ignited national debates on such topics as racial profiling at airports and have kept the media focused on scandals as diverse as the exposure of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity to bribery allegations at the United Nations. Although the blogosphere remains cluttered with the teenage angst of high school students, blogs increasingly serve as a conduit through which ordinary and not-so-ordinary citizens express their views on international relations and influence a policymaker’s decision making.

And we find an idiot too. Brian Williams, the dude who is going to replace Brokaw an NBC, had this to say about bloggers:

When a fellow panelist mentioned that bloggers had had a big impact on the reporting on Election Day, Williams waved that point away by quipping that the self-styled journalists are “on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem.”

Mmhmm, you bet. I’ll have you know, Mr. Williams, that I’ve only made one post while in the bathroom.

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